In street photography, I’m always looking for visual cues that lend interest to a scene. Beautiful light, colorful or graphic elements, intriguing characters, and decisive moments can all create that interest. I got a handful of them on this particular day. I especially love the tension created between the two figures’ footsteps moving in opposite directions.
I’ve been on this architectural kick lately, photographing all sorts of buildings that I find interesting. I’ve always liked the curved element of the sign on this store, and just had to wait a bit to get the right amount of action in front of the store to make things a little more interesting.
I’m not around Old Town as much anymore since I moved to Del Ray, but when I do go I end up seeing different things. I feel like when you pass the same things everyday, you tend to become blind to them. That’s definitely a major factor, but in this case it was as simple as having to park on a street that I didn’t used to walk quite as much.
I love the patina of the brick juxtaposed with the bright colors in the planters. Texture, color, line, form. A few of my favorite things.
Having recently moved from Old Town to the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, I’ve had a change in scenery. Walks with my kids down brick sidewalks used to pass colonial and federal town homes. Now we walk the tree-lined streets of Del Ray, where bungalows and Craftsman revivals are more the norm. There are modern buildings as well, in the case of this building which is located just across the street from Swing’s Coffee.
I’ve been keeping an eye on architecture lately, and the numerous styles around town make for varied practice as I get more into this genre of photography. Time of day is an interesting thing when it comes to architectural photography. As always, early morning and late afternoon light is great, but I’ve noticed that you can get interesting shadows and light on buildings when the sun is higher in the sky. For instance, the shot above was made after the sun had been up for about 2 hours. Even later, midday sun presents its normal challenges but depending on the style of building, good architectural shots can still be made.
Having driven Route 1 north into Old Town many times, I have always admired the view at sunset. Unfortunately, there’s really no good place to pull over and take a photo and I don’t usually have my camera with me in the car.
I decided to change that for good a few weeks ago and made it a point to have my camera with me. There’s a short stretch of shoulder between two exit/entrance ramps that allows for a really nice composition. So I pulled over, leaned out the window, prayed that no one would rear-end me, and made a few pictures.
When I started thinking about the premise of this blog, I told myself that I was going to be looking for images that conveyed great color, light, or texture. All three would be nice, and in this case I got it. This was shot mid-morning outside of a retail establishment on Washington Street. The sun was at the perfect angle to create this interesting array of shadows. I love the way they seem to interlock with the actual pattern.
It’s easy to pass these things every day and not notice. Keep an eye out no matter where you are—there are always great pictures to be made, even if only in your mind.
As you know by now, I’m always on the lookout for patterns, colors, and textures. Lee Street is lined with homes that have interesting architectural features. The sun was hitting the house behind me, allowing it to be reflected back clearly.
The interplay of shadow and color is fun to look for, regardless of where you may live. You can find great moments like these anywhere. To me, this image evokes a feeling of warmth that is especially welcome on a cold, rainy day like today.
Photographers refer to the hour after the sun goes down as blue hour. It’s a magical time to be out shooting, as you can really play with the juxtaposition of cool and warm light.
I spent some time photographing this particular scene with different compositions, fascinated with the way the warmth from the man-made light receded into the cool blue of twilight. In the end, I decided I liked this composition where I omitted the actual source of the warm light, making it appear as if the window is being bathed in light from an otherworldly source.
The southeast quadrant of Old Town Alexandria is characterized by its colorful townhouses. Some of them would look almost identical but for their vastly different color palettes. Take a walk down South Fairfax Street. The block between Gibbon & Wilkes is one of my favorites for seeking out color.